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Wednesday, February 16, 2005 AD

Today is...

...the commemoration of Blessed Phillip Melanchthon, Confessor, author of the Augsburg Confession and the Apology.

"I will speak of Your statues before kings, and will not be put to shame." (Ps. 119:46)

"It is also taught among us that we cannot obtain forgiveness of sins and
righteousness before God by our own merits, works, and satisfactions, but
that we receive forgiveness of sin and become righteous before God by
grace, for Christ's sake, through faith, when we believe that Christ
suffered for us and that for His sake our sin is forgiven and righteousness
and eternal life are given to us. For God will regard and reckon this
faith as righteousness, as Paul says in Rom. 3 and 4." (Phillip
Melanchthon, Augsburg Confession, Article 4)

"From this fundamental article it is clear why we ascribe justification to
faith rather than to love, though love follows faith since love in the
keeping of the law. Paul teaches that we are justified not by the law but
by the promise, which is received by faith only. We cannot even love an
angry God; the law always accuses us and thus always shows us an angry
God. Therefore we must first take hold of the promise by faith, that for
Christ's sake the Father is reconciled and forgiving. Later we begin to
keep the Law. Far away from human reason, far away from Moses, we must
turn our eyes to Christ, and believe that He was given for us to be
justified on His account. . . . There are two basic facts: First, we are
not justified by the law because human nature cannot keep the law of God
nor love God, and second, we are justified by the promise, in which
reconciliation, righteousness, and eternal life are assured to us for
Christ's sake." (Apology,IV, 294-7)

Thanks to Pr. Paul R. Williams (Kung Fu Master) for the reminder.

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